Lower School Teachers Alan Perkel
Lower School Core Team
Monica Yaeger, M.Ed., BCBALower School Director
With JGS since 2013 (and a tutor with On-Track Tutoring for several years before that), Monica holds a degree in Special Education, Consultation, and Collaboration with an Emphasis in Autism. She is also a licensed behavior analyst. Monica began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Scottsdale Unified School District, where she specialized in working with kids with autism & ADHD. Monica has experience working with students of all abilities & in all subjects, grades K through 5. Over the past several years, she and her husband have traveled extensively to develop Spanish skills, volunteer, & learn more about different cultures. She loves to share her experiences with students!
Caylin Kacmarcik, BA, M.Ed.Lower School Special Education Teacher
Caylin graduated from ASU with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education and is in the process of obtaining her M.Ed. and her certification as a behaviorist. Though she joined our team in 2017, Caylin and our Lower School Director, Monica, worked together several years ago at a local public school. Caylin most recently taught in Colorado before returning to the Valley. She has proved to be an outstanding addition to our Lower School; we are so happy to continue to have Caylin—and her creativity, dedication, and expertise—on our team!
Adrienne Springfield, BALower School Teacher
Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Education degree and is an accomplished, highly-effective educator. She joined our team in 2017 after having been a lower school teacher at a well-regarded local private school for nearly two decades. Our Head of School, Dana, had the pleasure of knowing Adrienne and seeing her “in action” in the classroom during that time. We are excited that JGS students will continue to benefit from her expertise!
Kate Wilkes, B.Ed.Lower School Teacher
An exceptional educator, Kate came to Jones-Gordon in 2017 after nearly two decades at a local independent school during which time she team-taught with Jennifer Roscoe for eight years. Kate was born and educated in England and has a B.Ed. (Honors) degree from Brighton University, EC-4th Grade. Kate has known Dana for many years — and we are thrilled that she’s now a part of the JGS community! Kate’s accomplishments include a nomination for independent school kindergarten Teacher of the Year (for which she received an award from the Governor) and training in Jolly Phonics in the UK1 and in Responsive Classroom Level 1.
Jennifer Roscoe, BS, M.Ed.Lower School Teacher
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tulsa and a Masters in Reading Instruction and Curriculum Design from GCU. She has taught and tutored for thirteen years in the elementary grades, including eight years of team-teaching with Kate Wilkes at a local independent school (where she and Dana first had the pleasure of meeting!). Jennifer, who loves teaching her students about their brains and the power of a growth mindset, has been a great addition to the Lower School team since the 2017-18 school year.